Pictured: A detail from a quilt showing Alice’s use of hand quilting, embroidery, applique, and hand coloring of material.
Alice was taught quilting and applique by her mother. Alice started quilting on whole cloth, and in the 1970’s as quilting began to become popular again Alice started piecing. She opened a quilt shop with her friend Jean Chapman called Jean’s Quilt Corner. They started inside the Chapman plumbing store and eventually expanded to other locations in Clarks Summit. They taught classes six days a week and were never without students eager to learn. Alice and Jean traveled the country extensively to take classes and bring what they learned back to Clarks Summit. They took many classes from celebrated quilter Eleanor Burns and taught her techniques in their store. Many quilters in the area have happy memories of Jean’s Quilt Corner and feel lucky they were taught by such a gifted teacher.
Alice has also been a featured quilter at The Airing of the Quilts in Tunkhannock. Her favorite type of quilting is applique but she has never been afraid to try a new media in quilting. Her collection of nursery rhyme quilts was painted with crayons. Alices’s quilts will be hung throughout the library during the month of March in Celebration of Margaret Winter’s Annual Quilt Show. Oh, and Alice taught Peg too!
Alice also taught quilting at Vo-tech and Valley View schools. She has been nicknamed as the queen of applique by her friends and is greatly admired by her colleagues in the quilting community.